Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO)
Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) shares dropped over 7%, on heavy volume, after the biotech company reported their Q3 2017 financial results. EBIO shares opened at $0.74, then dropped to a low of $0.64 before closing at $0.69. At current levels, EBIO shares are trading below their published cash per share value of $0.71, and their book value per share figure of $1.05.
Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) is a late-stage, clinical oncology company that develops therapies for cancer patients based upon the company’s proprietary targeted protein therapeutics (TPTs) platform. The company’s TPTs incorporate a tumor-targeting antibody fragment and a cytotoxic protein payload within a single protein molecule in order to achieve focused tumor cell killing. Eleven Biotherapeutics believes its TPT approach offers significant advantages in treating cancer over existing antibody drug conjugate technologies. Eleven Biotherapeutics promotes the idea that its TPTs provide effective tumor targeting with broader cancer cell-killing properties than generally achievable other treatments that require tumor cell proliferation to be effective and can face challenges overcoming multi-drug resistance mechanisms within tumor cells.
In November, Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) completed a public offering of 5,525,000 shares of its common stock, pre-funded warrants to purchase an aggregate of 4,475,000 shares of common stock, and common warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 10,000,000 shares of common stock, raising approximately $8.0 million in gross proceeds and $7.0 million in net proceeds.
Eleven Biotherapeutics Q3 Earnings
Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) did not record any revenue for Q3 2017. In Q3 2016, the company reported revenue of $28.7 million. This difference was due to revenue recognized in 2016 from the company’s license agreement with Roche. Roche’s next licensing milestone payment will be triggered upon commencement of a Phase 2 clinical trial by Roche.
Net loss for Q3 2017 was (-$9.1) million, or (-$0.37) per share, versus net income of $19.5 million, or $0.95 per basic share and $0.91 per diluted share, for the same period in 2016. The change was primarily the result of revenue recognized in 2016 from the company’s license agreement with Roche.
Research and development expenses were $3.6 million, compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2016. Cash and cash equivalents were $11.3 million.
EBIO Stock Performance
Per share earnings for the biotech company have been on an upward trend ever since 2013, when the company reported a loss of (-$16.19). Losses contracted annually and in 2016 a EPS profit of $0.01 was posted. Last year, due to the Roche licensing agreement, the company reported some sales of $30 million. A number that that could be considered “material” for the first time in its existence. However, the company has a consistent history of diluting shareholder equity. In 2013 the number of outstanding shares stood at 1.35 million, then continued to expand on an annual basis. In 2016 the company ended the year with 21.08 million shares outstanding.
For the year, EBIO shares have lost 70%, and, for the month, the shares have lost 45% in value. Despite performance that lags the markets, and its sector, EBIO shares are rated “Market Perform” and “Strong Buy” by the two investment firms that follow the company. Their consensus, one-year price target is $12.
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